Are you looking for a new roofing system for your home or business in Greeley? Have you scoured the internet for a material that you can trust that will actually last more than 20 years? Do you remain skeptical of local roofing contractors who say they know what they’re doing?

If these questions resonate, just know that you’re not alone. It takes time, money, and focus to get a new roof for your home or business in Greeley. Whether you want a beautiful roof to add curb appeal or a roof that’s purely functional to protect your building, you can find what you need.

In fact, Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors offers a variety of roofing systems to fit your needs. Right now, metal roofing systems are on the rise for a number of reasons. Most homeowners and business owners tend to choose asphalt shingles due to the initial investment. Shingles are durable and price friendly. Metal roofing does cost more upfront, but it lasts longer, is more durable, and offers more color choices.

The Difference Between Metal Roofing and Asphalt Shingles

What we want to do today is to compare asphalt shingles to metal roofing so that you can find the best material for your home or business in Greeley. There are dozens of materials to choose from, but we believe asphalt shingles and metal roofing are two of the best to choose for a number of reasons.

Asphalt Shingles Cons

Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material across the entire United States. In Colorado, these shingles cover a majority of the homes. At the end of the day, asphalt shingles are a great material, but they do have some cons to them.

  • Granules Dislodged — The granules that cover asphalt shingles and add to their durability can be dislodged by weather, critters, or people. It’s tough to dislodge them, but once a shingle starts to deteriorate in this way, it’s not long before it needs to be replaced.
  • Excess Moisture or UV Light — Did you know that moss and UV light can break your asphalt shingles down faster than if they were absent? It’s surprising that simple nature can be so devastating to shingles. This is why proactively maintaining your roof is so important.
  • Hard Impact — Any kind of moderate to hard impact puts your asphalt shingles at risk. While you may believe a natural disaster is the only thing that can damage your roof, that’s simply not true. A good hail storm or wind storm can crack, bend, or even break your asphalt shingles.
  • 20-Year Lifespan — Homeowners who plan on staying in their home for more than 20 years will need to replace their shingles in that timespan. Future budgets will need to be calculated when you get your first asphalt shingle roof.

Asphalt Shingle Pros

  • Affordable Cost — For a relatively low cost, you can replace your entire roof with asphalt shingles without the worry that you’ll break the bank. In fact, asphalt shingles are on the low end of the material market for cost, and they’re attractive due to their durability for up to 25 years.
  • Quick Installation — an asphalt shingle roof can be installed on a given home in less than two weeks. Depending on the roof size and weather, you can get a new roof quickly and easily.
  • Heat Reflection — The granules on asphalt shingles help reflect UV light from your home. This means that as the Colorado sun bears down on your home or business, asphalt shingles are the heroes keeping the heat away.
  • Style and Design — Asphalt shingles offer a wide variety of colors and style choices. If you want to add a little more curb appeal to your home, you can get colored shingles. If you’re looking to spice up your business, get shingle roofing.
  • Lifespan — you read above that asphalt shingles only last for about 20 years. This can be a con, but it’s also a benefit for many. Most people live on average in their home for 13 years before moving. A new asphalt shingle roof typically lasts at least that long, so you’ll only need to buy one roof.

Metal Roofing Systems Cons

Metal roofing systems are on the rise across Colorado. Not only do they offer a lightweight, durable roofing option to homeowners and business owners, but they also offer a variety of colors, styles, and functions. If you’re looking for a roofing system that will last you decades, metal roofing is the best choice.

  • Initial Investment — For most, the initial investment for a metal roofing system gives them a bit of sticker shock. The price is high, but it’s worth the investment.
  • Specialized Installation — The specialized skills to handle, install, and repair metal roofing can be a barrier for some. You won’t be able to call any local roofing contractor to come out to install or fix your metal roof. You will want the original installers or another metal roofing specialist to help you.
  • 50-Year Commitment — For some the 50-year commitment to one type of roofing material can be a con. While it may not be for you, it’s good to mention that the metal roofing system last decades when taken care of properly.

Metal Roofing Pros

  • Lightweight and Durable — Metal roofing is lightweight and durable. It can withstand wind speeds in excess of 150 mph. And the impact resistance is higher than most roofing materials.
  • Style and Design — Metal roofing offers more variety than asphalt shingles when it comes to colors and styles.
  • Resistance — Metal roofing systems are fire and wind-resistant. For fires, the metal does not burn. As for the wind, the interlocking metal panel system removes any ability for the wind to catch panels and rip them from the roof.

Now that you know the pros and cons of metal roofing and asphalt shingles, it’s time you give Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors a call. We’ll help you decide which material is the best for your home or business.